Upcycled lamp.

I was given 2 old lamps by my mother-in-law not too long ago.  One I really liked the look of it’s base and decided it would be perfect to update a little.

I had a can of white spray paint lying around so gave it a good ol go with that which got rid of the yellowy cream colour that it was. Next I tried to buy a new shade for it… impossible… I didn’t realise that there are different fits (the whole around the bulb) in different countries, or else the light is so old that the standard size has been changed. So after buying and returning and checking other stores I decided to buy some material and cover it myself.

I read a few tutorials to get the general idea (see my Pinterest pages) and had at it!

Getting the material cut correctly was the hardest part as I only had 0.5m and when tracing out the shape it does a big half circle so a couple of tries later I eventually got it to fit. But that could just be me being a little simple!

I used my glue gun to fasten it, first the top and then the bottom – I used some big paperclips to keep it in place whilst the glue dried.

I think it turned out pretty well although I still need to do a little neatening inside with some small scissors.

Next to tackle 2 big wingback armchairs I have been given. Anyone got some tips??? Think I might have to find something smaller to practice on first… maybe

Get your baps out!

It’s that time of year again where everyone is going pink… yes it’s breast cancer awareness month!

It’s all about getting the word out there, raising money and educating people about this horrid disease.  So ladies get your  baps out and check them out!  How do you do it… well there’s no right or wrong way to do it.  Look and feel your breasts regularly -check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone. Check for changes that are different for you.

Changes to look and feel for

(Pictures from breastcancercare.org.uk site)

So ladies I don’t care how big or small your boobies are but get checking… it can save a life, your life, and you’re worth it, so am I incidentally so I’m preaching to the choir, the registered nurse choir if the truth be told!

Priceless sunny memories

On rainy miserable days like today I sometimes dream I was back on the beach back home in Port Elizabeth!  Not that the weather has been much better there this weekend with some crazy flooding with roads washed away… say a little prayer for those left homeless and destitute and be thankful for the roof over your head!

But back to dreaming of sunnier days 2 months ago on our holiday…

There really is nothing better than spending time with family and reconnecting with them.  And nothing better than 30 minutes spent playing on Picmonkey going through them and editting them, you gotta love digital technology… as a side note we have just moved all our photo’s to an external hard drive and since 2006 have taken and saved 39 000!! Seriously… that is a crazy amount! Memories, priceless memories!


I have a little problem. It starts with an I.  I’m sure I’m not the only one, maybe you’ve had it too… Ikeaitis – heard of it? I can’t seem to stay away, or keep my wallet in my pocket and even when I’m not shopping I’m dreaming and internet planning!!

How can you not love an all in one shop that has everything from plants and candles to beds and sofa’s, and good meatballs to boot! I go in wanting one thing and walk out with an extra 5 things that I didn’t know I desperately needed until that day! This weekend we went for a wok, didn’t get the wok and instead got curtains, a blind, a pan, candles, a frame, 2 bed side lights for the children and a packet full of food! See what i mean????

If you’ve found a cure, short of emptying my bank account, please could you let me know and please beware Ikeaitits is contagious!

Helpless but not without hope.

We had a moment a few Sunday nights ago when I realised just how helpless we really are sometimes.

A friends husband had gone missing.  He had played a sports match then gone for a drink at the pub with the team.  Last he was seen he was outside at closing time at 1am waiting for a taxi.   He didn’t make it home.

He has a wife and 3 girls who were all understandable distraught.

People were out searching the area for him the next morning, hospitals etc were called and nothing.

We only found out about it at 6pm on Sunday after the police had been called.

It is in moments like this that you realise that sometimes the only and best thing you can do is pray.  Get down on your knees and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).  Why does it take until everything practical has been done before you pray?

I’m glad to say he was found at about 9:30pm on Sunday, nearly 21 hours after he was last seen.  He was found on a bench in a park 25 miles away confused.  He had received a knock on the head in his game and they think he had concussion.

The relief we felt was huge.  The relief we felt on behalf of his family even more so.

God has plans for this man.  Anything could have happened, but it didn’t.

A bus driver found him on a park bench and helped him figure out who he was and his address then called him a taxi to take him home… thank goodness for the honest and good people who are out there. What he was doing the whole of Sunday we might never find out as he still has no memory of it.

There are lessons to be learnt, I’m not going to spell them out or put blame anywhere all I’m thankful for is a good outcome and a God we can run to and lean on when we feel helpless and out of control. Why does it take times like this to remind us! He is there always and always there to lean on we just need to do it!

Cute photo alert!

Here is my current favourite photo of the poor sick boy… here’s hoping his face goes back to it’s previous unblemished gorgeousness!!

He looks so much younger in this photo pre haircut!! Love him!

Lord Poxalot

So after a year of waiting for the Chicken Pox to arrive in our house with 27 children in Jenna’s class having it last year and her seemingly missing it every time; eventually it has arrived on poor little Carter.

And boy did it choose a doozy of a week to do it… firstly it’s my long week at work and secondly the hubby has the man flu.  Add to that me coming down with a sore throat that seems to be morphing into something more.

The poor little fella started off mildly but over night they turned into nasty looking big red and swollen bumps.  They’re everywhere – hair, ear, eyelids and bum.  He’s even got one under his foot. Thankfully his eczema seems to be under control at the moment or I think we’d have issues.

He’s been great about not scratching which is good because he is not a fan of creams so thank goodness of Eurax cream that lasts up to 10 hours. Oat baths have helped soothe him too and together with some Piriton syrup he seems to have been coping pretty well and sleeping pretty well at night too.

But he does look like such a sad sack, boys are good at feeling sorry for themselves aren’t they… man flu sufferers in training… but he is cute.

Do you have any tips for surviving the pox?? We might be going through this again in a couple of weeks … oi vey!

Counting down…

Months to Christmas – 2

Days to Christmas – 82

Minutes to Christmas – 1957

It’s coming and this year I want to be organised! 

My Pinterest board is brimming with ideas and things I want to do, make and eat!

Like these…

cornstarch and baking soda recipe - looks better than salt dough

I just bought all the ingredients for them and can’t wait to try them!

I’ve also bought all my wrapping paper, twine and Christmas ink pads, I might not have the presents but at least I’ve organised the wrapping! I do admit to circling things in the toy magazine as ideas… not to do some searching for the best prices!

You organised yet??

Bargain bonanza

Man we all love a good bargain and I’ve managed to nab a few lately!! Most are things I’ve been wanting for a while and finally managed to get for a good deal!!

I got this heart frame for £2.50 at the charity shop.

Composter – free on freecycle!!

Bunk bed – £50 on gumtree.  The kids love it! I might spray it white…

And just collected a memory foam mattress from ebay for £2.21, used for a few months and selling due to moving house and needing a smaller bed! It’s amazing… like sleeping in a marshmellow or a big comfortable hug!

Don’t you just love it when you find what you’re looking for and you find it for a good price!

You nabbed a bargain lately?